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    The State of Games, Ep. 141: The One About Perception of Value

    November 15th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewWe love it when listeners send in podcast topic suggestions; not only does it mean that there are actually people out there paying attention to what we have to say, it also means that we don’t have to wrack our brains thinking of something interesting to talk about! This podcast topic comes to us from long-time listener Neil Biggs. He asked us to dig really deep into the retail and Kickstarter sides of what makes certain games hold a high value both for gamers & publishers. You’ll also get to hear about Darrell’s adventures at Essen Spiel, how TC designed a whole Euro about a boring city in 5 hours, and how I just had to create the dinosaur game mentioned on the last podcast. Rawr.

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    The State of Games, Ep. 140: The One About Getting in the Spirit

    October 22nd, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewI LOVE HALLOWEEN. I almost celebrate Halloween more than I celebrate Christmas. Which is why it’s a bit of a shock that we haven’t done more Halloween-centric State of Games in the past few years. Well, all that obviously needed to change, so we drafted a little help from Keith Ferguson to really dig into the spirit of the holiday. I’ll just say that this is in my top 5 episodes that we’ve ever done; I hope you all have as much fun listening to it as we did recording it.

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    Nice Work, Detectives

    October 22nd, 2017

    In this video, I’m joined by Lillian, Josh Mills, and Matt Wolfe to do a complete playthrough of Case 1 of Detective: City of Angels by Van Ryder Games. The game is currently on Kickstarter and is also totally awesome – I’m a backer!

    WARNING: This video contains spoilers!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 139: The One About the Germans, Part Drei

    October 9th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s the most wonderful time of the year – October! So many great things happen this month, and most of them involve board games, buddies, and beer. This is definitely true when it comes to SPIEL, which takes place in Essen, Germany. I’ve been and it is quite the spectacle of crowds, games, and great drinks. This year it’s Darrell’s turn, and we sit down to (hopefully) prepare him for the greatest show on Earth. Come join us!

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    On the Trail of Jack the Ripper!

    September 27th, 2017

    Jack is back!

    In this video, Lillian and I play a game of cat and mouse in Whitehall Mystery, a hidden movement game about Jack the Ripper from Fantasy Flight Games and Giochi Uniti. Does Jack elude the investigators, or will Scotland Yard triumph? Watch and find out!
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    The State of Games, Ep. 138: The One About Trendsetting

    September 26th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s great to have guests on the podcasts, especially when one of our regulars has other business. In this instance, we were lucky enough to have Fleet and Wasteland Express Delivery Service co-designer Ben Pinchback on to talk all about WEDS, Sleepy Hollow, Ladder 29, and the boardgaming trends we’ve seen over the years! We planned for about an hour of podcast but you know you want two. Yep, it’s two. Enjoy!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 137: The One About Getting Critical

    September 10th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s been awhile since we really dove headlong into the nature of game reviews and critical thinking (way back in Episode 32!), so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic since things have been a little bit… crazy, lately. Besides, we really didn’t have a choice since the DHM 7th Anniversary grand prize winner Lee McConnell got to come on the podcast AND pick the topic! In the end, though, it turned in a deeply satisfying and timely discussion, so join us and let us know your thoughts. Enjoy!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 136: The One About Gen Con 50

    August 28th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewThe end of August has come ’round again, and that can only mean that it’s time to talk about Gen Con. The biggest show in North America just keeps getting bigger, and with it so does all the excitement, spectacle, and adventures. Although working duties keep the three of us from spending as much time gaming and hanging out as we used to, we did manage to have a lot of fun, play quite a few games, and listen to Richard Launius talk about how the shark in his newest game really, really wants to get the mayor fired. Boy, do we have stories to tell.

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    Gen Con 2017 Pictorial Recap!

    August 26th, 2017

    Greetings, dear readers! I’m back from Gen Con with most of my sanity and some of my health, so it’s time for a big ol’ pictorial recap. This year’s show was the 50th anniversary, and it was huge! Every badge was sold out, and there was a record 207,000 visitors. It was truly a legendary show, and I did my best to capture some of that in the pics below.

    As usual, we had a car full as we set off for Indianapolis! Lillian made the trip with us this year for her first Gen Con ever.

    As usual, we had a car full as we set off for Indianapolis! Lillian made the trip with us this year for her first Gen Con ever.

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    The State of Games, Ep. 135: The One About Tactics vs. Strategy

    August 6th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s always awesome to have a long-time friend and podcast listener on the show, and it’s even better when that guest throws down with TC on a serious game topic! I’ve known Van Ryder Games founder AJ Porfirio for almost as long as Kickstarter has been around, and yet he’s never been on the show. After a controversial tweet last week, I figured he was due, if only to give us all an amazing opportunity to talk all this tactics and strategy kerfluffle through!

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